Paul Kane

Washington, D.C.

Senior congressional correspondent and columnist

Education: University of Delaware, BA

Paul Kane has covered Congress since 2000, when he started at Roll Call with a beat focused on the Senate. He started with The Washington Post in 2007, covering the 2008 financial crisis and the Obama-Republican fiscal wars. He began writing a regular column, @PKCapitol, on Congress and its interactions with the Trump administration in 2017. He's covered Washington's response to the global pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, two impeachments and now writes about the Biden administration's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
Latest from Paul Kane

Don Young is the rare Republican who’s not afraid of Trump — or of saying he needs to ‘shut up’

Entering his 49th year in Congress, the Alaska Republican said he’s not worried about political retribution for supporting the recent infrastructure package.

December 2, 2021

    Republicans' strategy ahead of a potential shutdown, explained

    The Post’s Paul Kane explains how a group of Republicans objecting to federal vaccine requirements could potentially force a government shutdown.

    December 2, 2021

    McCarthy’s overnight speech — longest in modern history — underscores rancor in the House

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) used the marathon speech to air countless grievances against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Democrats and President Biden.

    November 19, 2021

    House readies Friday vote on spending package after GOP’s McCarthy delays process late into the night

    Democrats worked to secure a final vote on the bill, which would expand social programs and provide billions to fight climate change.

    November 19, 2021

    Trust is a key ingredient in ‘functional institutions’ — and Congress is fresh out of it

    Democrats don’t trust Republicans. Republicans don’t trust Democrats. Plenty of intraparty distrust is evident, too.

    November 17, 2021

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, 81, longest-serving member of chamber now in office, announces he will retire

    The Democrat, who was first elected in 1974, would have been up for reelection to a ninth term in 2022.

    November 15, 2021

    The Manchin and Sinema of their time look at today’s Senate with one seeing rays of hope, the other mostly darkness

    “The Lindsay Graham I see on TV today is not the Lindsey Graham I remember,” Ben Nelson writes in his new book, suggesting that John McCain’s death in 2018 left him without a “moral anchor” and that his drift into Fox News regular and Trump supporter illustrates the end of centrism.

    November 13, 2021

    Tensions rise among Republicans over infrastructure bill and whether any agreement with Biden should be tolerated

    For Donald Trump and many Republicans, their love of infrastructure has turned to loathing now that it bears President Biden’s imprimatur.

    November 9, 2021

    Democrats worry whether voters are getting what they wanted out of a Biden presidency

    The angst cuts across the ideological spectrum. Some centrists are leery of the massive spending agenda, while liberals remain concerned about undelivered promises on voting rights and other pro-democracy initiatives.

    November 6, 2021

    Congressional Democrats say passing their agenda is the only path forward. History says that might not matter for 2022.

    If they follow recent patterns after a big loss, Democrats will pass this massive agenda soon — and it will have little to no impact on their political standing in next year’s midterm elections.

    November 3, 2021